{Blog Tour} Excerpt & Giveaway: Threats of Sky and Sea by Jennifer Ellision

Posted June 19, 2014 by Bee in Blog Tour, Excerpt / 6 Comments

{Blog Tour} Excerpt & Giveaway: Threats of Sky and Sea by Jennifer Ellision

{Blog Tour} Excerpt & Giveaway: Threats of Sky and Sea by Jennifer Ellision

Threats of Sky and Sea


by Jennifer Ellision
Series: Threats of Sky and Sea #1
Published on May 20th 2014
by Jennifer Ellision
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
Format: eBook
Source: Xpresso Book Tours
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Also by this author: Threats of Sky and Sea

Sixteen year-old Breena Perdit has spent her life as a barmaid, innocent to her father’s past and happily free from the Elemental gifts that would condemn her to a life in the Egrian King’s army. Until the day that three Elemental soldiers recognize her father as a traitor to the throne and Bree’s father is thrown in jail—along with the secrets from his last mission as the King’s assassin. Secrets that could help the King win a war. Secrets he refuses to share.

Desperate to escape before the King’s capricious whims prove her and her father’s downfall, Bree bargains with him: information for their lives. It’s a good trade. And she has faith she’ll get them both out of the King’s grasp with time.

But that was before the discovery that she’s the weapon the King’s been waiting for in his war.

Now, time is running out. To save her father’s life and understand her own, Bree must unravel the knot of her father’s past before the King takes his life– and uses her to bring a nation to its knees.

I received this book for free from the publisher or author in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Excerpt

“Whatever your plans may be, Caden, I’m sure they’d be better served if you didn’t look as though you’d fall flat on your face mid-sentence.” I give his knee a joking prod with my toe.

“Perhaps you’re right.” He stands, and I follow suit.

We say our goodnights as I choke down the urge to tell him of my plans. I can’t tell Caden. He already struggles enough with his own decisions about the wedding—that’s evident.

“Caden…” His rebellious name swims to my lips. I put my palm to his forearm. “Goodnight.” My hand refuses to move, and any other words refuse to come.

You’re going against good sense here, Mistress Perdit. I’ve toed the line with Caden this long. It would be stupid to step over it now when I’m so near the end of our time together.

Before I can step back, Caden’s arms come up around me and pull me into his chest.

This close, I can hear his heart, pattering against my ear. Its beat echoes my own. It’s quick—a gallop. The tunic he wears is rough and scratches my cheek. His chin pokes into the top of my head. It’s important that I focus on these more uncomfortable details. And not the fact that he’s warm and smells of cedar and apples. Or how his hand smooths down my hair with a light touch, lingering on the nape of my neck.

It would be too easy to let myself soften, to fall into him and forget who I am now and what I have to do. It would be too easy to reach a mirroring hand up to his cheek and let my palm graze the hairs rising there. Too easy to look up into his open, honest face and finally understand precisely what trouble his eyes can bring.

There’s too much at stake to explore here. I stiffen in his arms and give him a gentle push.

He releases me immediately, stepping away and putting some much-needed distance between us.

“I’m sorry,” he says.

“For what?” I’ll let us both walk away from this as unscathed as possible. Pretend I haven’t let my thoughts lead me down the trail of what could happen next.

Gratitude shimmers in his eyes. “You’ve been a good friend to me, Bree,” he says. His voice is the whisper of a cloud on the night sky.

I nod, understanding that this may be the closest that we’ll get to a real goodbye.

“I’m to escort you back—”

I cut him off with a nervous chuckle. “Much as I appreciate the offer, my alone time has been scarce lately. If you don’t mind, I’d love to seize the opportunity.”

He nods, accepting that, and walks away.

I watch as the shadows of the hall swallow him up. Someday, Egria will be in much better hands. Understanding hands. But I can’t stay and wait for that day to come. His footsteps fall away, and I stay behind, wishing for a life in which I could follow them.

I make for my rooms soon after, halfheartedly chewing on the warm bread the servant finally appeared with. I may need all of the sustenance I can get in the next few days, but I’m not all that hungry anymore.

About Jennifer Ellision

Jennifer Ellision spent a great deal of her childhood staying up past her bedtime with a book and a flashlight. When she couldn’t find the stories she wanted to read, she started writing them. She loves words, has a soft spot for fanfiction, and is a master of the fangirl flail. She lives in South Florida with her family, where she lives in fear of temperatures below 60 Fahrenheit.

Threats of Sky and Sea, a young adult fantasy, is her first novel.

You can find Jennifer online at www.jenniferellision.com, or on twitter @JenEllision.

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About Jennifer Ellision

Jennifer Ellision spent a great deal of her childhood staying up past her bedtime with a book and a flashlight. When she couldn’t find the stories she wanted to read, she started writing them. She loves words, has a soft spot for fanfiction, and is a master of the fangirl flail. She lives in South Florida with her family, where she lives in fear of temperatures below 60 Fahrenheit.

Threats of Sky and Sea, a young adult fantasy, is her first novel.

You can find Jennifer online at www.jenniferellision.com, or on twitter @JenEllision.

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